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Writers:
John Cleese (story) and
Charles Crichton (story) ...
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Release Date:
15 July 1988 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood. See more »
Plot:
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent caper comedy with a perfect cast See more (174 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cleese ... Archie Leach

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Wanda Gershwitz

Kevin Kline ... Otto

Michael Palin ... Ken Pile

Maria Aitken ... Wendy
Tom Georgeson ... Georges Thomason
Patricia Hayes ... Mrs. Coady

Geoffrey Palmer ... Judge

Cynthia Cleese ... Portia (as Cynthia Caylor)
Mark Elwes ... Customer in Jeweler's Shop
Neville Phillips ... Manager of Jeweler's Shop
Peter Jonfield ... Inspector Marvin
Ken Campbell ... Bartlett
Al Ashton ... Warder
Roger Hume ... Locksmith
Roger Brierley ... Davidson
Llewellyn Rees ... Sir John
Michael Percival ... Percival
Kate Lansbury ... Magistrate

Robert Ian Mackenzie ... Copper (as Robert Cavendish)
Andrew MacLachlan ... Eebedee
Roland MacLeod ... Vicar
Jeremy Child ... Mr. Johnson
Pamela Miles ... Mrs. Johnson
Tom Pigott Smith ... Child Johnson (13)
Katherine John ... Child Johnson (10)
Sophie Johnstone ... Child Johnson (8)
Kim Barclay ... Nanny
Sharon Twomey ... 1st Junior Barrister (Defence Counsel)
Patrick Newman ... 2nd Junior Barrister (Defence Counsel)
David Simeon ... Clerk of Court (Old Bailey)
Imogen Bickford-Smith ... Stenographer
Tia Lee ... Junior Barrister (Prosecutor Counsel)
Robert Putt ... Police Officer (Old Bailey)
Waydon Croft ... 1st Prison Officer
John Dixon ... 2nd Prison Officer
Anthony Pedley ... Irate Driver
Robert McBain ... Hotel Clerk
Clare McIntyre ... Airline Employee
Charu Bala Chokshi ... Indian Cleaner

Stephen Fry ... Hutchison
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bird ... Clerk of the Magistrate's Court (uncredited)

Robert Goodman ... Street thug (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Crichton 
John Cleese (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Cleese (story) and
Charles Crichton (story)

John Cleese (written by)

Produced by
Steve Abbott .... executive producer
John Cleese .... executive producer
John Comfort .... associate producer
Michael Shamberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Du Prez 
 
Cinematography by
Alan Hume 
 
Film Editing by
John Jympson 
 
Casting by
Priscilla John 
 
Production Design by
Roger Murray-Leach 
 
Art Direction by
John Wood 
 
Set Decoration by
Stephenie McMillan 
 
Costume Design by
Hazel Pethig 
 
Makeup Department
Lynda Armstrong .... makeup artist (as Lynda Armstrong-Lawlor)
Paul Engelen .... makeup supervisor
Barry Richardson .... key hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan Benson .... assistant director
Melvin Lind .... second assistant director
David Skynner .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Leon Apsey .... head of construction
Bruce Bigg .... property master
Roy Evans .... construction manager
Kevin Phipps .... assistant art director
Brian Read .... production buyer
Alfie Smith .... stand-by property supervisor
Micky Swift .... stand-by propman (as Mickey Swift)
Bill Stallion .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Munro .... sound recordist
Andrew Sissons .... sound maintenance engineer
Colin Wood .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
George Gibbs .... special effects supervisor
David Watson .... special effects technician (as Dave Watson)
Terence J. Cox .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Alan Poole .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... optical camera (uncredited)
Simon Margetts .... director of photography: main title sequence (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Romo Gorrara .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator
Bob Bremner .... gaffer (as Bobby Bremner)
Graham Hall .... clapper loader
Simon Hume .... focus puller
David James .... still photographer
Bill Thornhill .... best boy
Jimmy Waters .... grip
Jimmy Worley .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephen Cornish .... wardrobe assistant (as Steve Cornish)
Jenny Hawkins .... wardrobe assistant
Ray Usher-Cooper .... wardrobe master (as Ray Usher)
 
Editorial Department
Kevin Phelan .... unit projectionist: Mercury Theatres, London
William Webb .... assistant film editor
David Barrett .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Jonathan Lucas .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Peter Holt .... music editor
André Jacquemin .... music producer
Dick Lewzey .... orchestral recordist
John Williams .... musician: solo guitar
John Du Prez .... conductor (uncredited)
George Hamer .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mark White .... production driver
Roy Clarke .... driver: Jamie Lee Curtis (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
Peter Byck .... assistant: Mr. Shamberg, USA
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise .... assistant: Dr. Cleese
Pauline Clift .... animal supplier
Robert Conway .... legal advisor
Nick Daubeny .... location manager: Oxford
Diana Dill .... continuity
Bill Edwards .... unit publicist
Yvonne Heeks .... assistant accountant
Ralph Kamp .... production assistant
Christopher Knowles .... assistant location manager: London
William Lang .... location manager
Liz Lehmans .... production assistant
Ian Miles .... financial controller
Janine Modder .... production coordinator (as Janine Lodge)
Alexandra Stone .... assistant to producer
Mark Birmingham .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Yvonne Eastmond .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Richard Morrison .... title designer (uncredited)
Kimberley Vashiell .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
108 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
In 1989, when this film was shown in the theaters in Denmark, a Danish man named Ole Bentzen, a Danish audiologist, literally laughed himself to death during the scene where Ken gets the chips up his nose. Bentzen's heart rate went between 250-500 beats per minute and he eventually succumbed to cardiac arrest. The story behind this is that the man had made a joke a few years earlier with his family during dinner, where he put a piece of cauliflower up his and every family members nose as a joke and made a bet with them on who could eat up their carrots without the cauliflower falling out. When the scene with Ken and the chips came up, he started thinking about this dinner-incident and laughed so hard that his heart stopped. This story is well known in Scandinavia and spread around as almost an "urban legend" shortly after it happened. It was confirmed by his son, who also told the dinner-story as an explanation to why his father laughed so hard during the chips-scene that he died.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Wanda is in a car putting on red lipstick. After a cutaway and return to Wanda in close-up, she is wearing bright pink lipstick.See more »
Quotes:
Otto:Don't call me stupid.
Wendy:Why on earth not?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.146" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
DeutschlandliedSee more »

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27 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Excellent caper comedy with a perfect cast, 28 August 2003
Author: funkyfry from Oakland CA

This is one of the best, if not THE best, caper comedies of the modern era. The writing is very witty and at the same time sometimes turgid. The cast is absolutely perfect; Cleese makes a great subdued lawyer who wants to be a bad boy, Curtis is wonderful and just keeps you guessing (as perhaps her own character is guessing, as to what it is SHE wants), and Kline is perfectly annoying as the Nietzsche-quoting American. This movie has strong shades of "The Big Sleep" and other Howard Hawks comedies, even going so far as to name Cleese's character "Leach" in honor of Cary Grant.

This film should appeal to those with no classic movie knowledge, but for those who have seen "To Catch a Thief" and other caper classics, this is even more of a treat. Romantic, funny, and slick.

Also big ups to Michael Palin for another memorable supporting performance.

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